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Portrait of Paolo Paruta; head turned to right, with beard and moustache
Black, red and white chalk, on blue paper
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Height: 294 millimetres
Width: 195 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The identity of the sitter is confirmed by Domenico Tintoretto's portrait of Paruta in the Ca d'Oro, Venice. As Popham noted the same sitter is shown in a drawing by Carletto in the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, see D. Sutton, exhib. cat., London, Wildenstein, 'Drawings from the National Gallery of Ireland', 1967, no. 18, p. 12 (as Leandro Bassano). The two drawings, which the Dublin one is probably the earlier, are as Ballarin first pointed out studies for the portrait of Paruta in the Veronese workshop painting of 'Pope Alexander III recognised by Doge Sebastiano Ziani' of c.1590-6. Ballarin has related four other portrait drawings to this painting - Metropolitan Museum of Art, Pouncey collection, Janos Scholz collection (now Morgan Library, New York), and one on the London art market in 1992 (all illustrated in Ballarin, 1995, figs. 360-1, 363 and 365).
All known portrait drawings bear similar inscriptions on the versos which are generally believed to relate to the collection of drawings assembled by Zaccaria Sagredo (1653-1729). The Dublin drawing is inscribed on the verso '415 Aqueta', and thus it followed the BM drawing (Inscribed '414 Aqueta') in Sagredo's collection. As noted by Van Berge-Gerbaud the inscription 'aqueta' is also found on ex-Sagredo drawings in Palma album in Accademia Carrara in Bergamo. As Martin Clayton noted the inscription 'Carleto' is inscribed by the same unknown collector of a number of drawings at Windsor, who is known on account of the general inaccuracy of his attributions as the 'Unreliable Hand'
Lit.: A.E. Popham, 'Catalogue of Drawings in the Collection formed by Sir Thomas Phillipps, Bart., F.R.S., now in the possession of his Grandson, T. Fitzroy Phillipps Fenwick of Thirlestaine House, Cheltenham', London, 1935, p. 39, no. 1, pl. XXVI; H. Tietze and E. Tietze-Conrat, 'The Drawings of the Venetian Painters in the 15th and 16th Centuries', New York, 1944, no. 210, pl. CXLIX/3 (as Leandro Bassano); E. Arslan, 'I Bassano', Milan, 1960, p. 263 (as Leandro); A. Ballarin, in 'Studi in onore di Antonio Morassi', Venice, 1971, pp. 1500-1, footnotes 36 and 40 (with incorrect registration number); B. Meijer, 'Un corpus di disegni e l'album di Palma Giovane', 'Osservatorio delli Arti', Bergamo, 1988, p. 49; A. Ballarin, re-print of the 1971 essay with expanded footnotes in 'Jacopo Bassano Scritti 1964-1995', Cittadella, 1995, I, p. 196, II, fig. 364 (with incorrect registration number); M. van Berge-Gerbaud, 'Industria compte-rendu d'une provenance énigmatique', in 'Hommage au dessin - Mélanges offerts a Roseline Bacou', Rimini, 1996, p. 147, footnote 7
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1974 July-Dec, BM, Portrait Drawings, no.39
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